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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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86
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A dark wheat beer, hearty and top-fermented, inspired by the style traditionally brewed in Munich, Germany. This Weizenbock will seduce you with its lush flavors reminiscent of candied fruits, banana, and maple syrup.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-21-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice colour, with a moderate head. The aroma draw you in of wheat, dark fruit, some chocolate. The taste is a good full carmel mouthfeel, its rich, nails the style but must it be at 10%? A tad of sourness in some sips, some sips with bitterness too.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a variety of dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a distinct grape juice flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and bananas are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the dark fruit flavors are stronger and provide notes of plums and prunes. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels just about being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job managing to hide its alcohol from the taste. It is a very tasty weizenbock.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night and it put me to bed.Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen weisse glass a deep murky looking cola color with a nice looking one finger light tannish colored head that settles into a frothy mass.alot going on in the nose with alcohol dipped dark fruit really standing out,a bit of clove spice and sweet caramel,the main thing is it's big and sweet.Flavors really hit ya with a sweet sharp alcohol bomb,alot of dark fruit and phenolic spice mixed with more sweet caramel,the alcohol really hits as it warms.It's a sweet somewhat sticky sipper that can get a bit hot but it's a well made weizenbock,just plan on drinking this and not anything else.

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, winter 2010.

This beer pours a brightly cloudy deep dark garnet colour, with one fat finger of creamy mocha head, which leaves a low rise of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of stewed raisins, molasses, dates, toffee and intense, but even, booze warming. The taste is big lightly toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, acidic black fruit - plums, figs, and red grapes - and a warm, cozy, herbal, leafy booze blanket. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium-full, sugary, and smooth, in a stick to the roof of your mouth kind of way. It finishes still quite sweet, but with a leveling hoppy, boozy dryness.

The heat definitely pervades this beer - however, it mostly hangs, somewhat malevolently, in the background. The rest is a big, sweet, fruity, cockles-warming tipple - it sure is making me ignore/forget/change the channel on another underwhelming Oilers' result.

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hard and unyielding style, Trois Mousquetaires Weizenbock presents an uncharacteristically cheery tawny face to the world, one that is replete with bubbles as well as a clarity that is highly unusual (but appreciated). The bottom of the bottle may hold sediment, but the first pour is nothing short of gorgeous.

The strain of yeast used is commanding and utilitarian, imparting a musky odor that evokes images of a middles-ages spice route; clove, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and who knows what else can be deduced from the piquant and highly seasoned aroma. It's spicy enough to season a steak (provided you don't mind a little bubble gum and bruised banana).

While it contains a spiciness that has my pantry beat, hidden deep within Grand Cuvée is a sweet, fruity maltiness that smacks of cognac, golden raisin, and banana cream pie. Notes of tart lemon, vanilla and bubblegum are also buried in there somewhere, though they're difficult to pry out of the garish pepper and clove-like spice.

Each sip seems to have its own character, though each is characterized as being either fruity or spicy. There's very little cloyingness, as all the sweet fruit notes (banana in particular, though mango and papaya can be tasted) serve only to calm the heavy clove and nutmeg spices. Alcohol is far, far from shy.

No chef's palate could ever conceive of a more diverse beer than a Weizenbock, arguably the strongest, most fruity, spicy style in the world. For such a heavy-duty ale this Trois Mousquetaires beer has a significant claim to the cellar - it's the kind of offering you can sit on for as long as you like, until you're fully prepared for its thundering, forcible presence.

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason at my 22nd birthday, 750ml bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

Poured a dark maroon, mocha/dark cream coloured head modest retention and lacing. Nose has some deep, dark fruit notes, plums, light chocolate, grapey and lightly vinous/herbal. Tastes of plummy and sweet dark fruits, light wheat character. Sweet malt profile with some brown sugar. Sweet, sticky and full feel, only light alcohol. Low carbonation. A solid dunkelweizenbock, a little sweet but some nice flavours and complexity.

Photo of DrJay
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish with a bit of haze and a short cap of fine beige bubbles. Banana and cotton candy aroma, caramel, grain, and dried fruit. Pretty much the same in the flavour, grain and banana with dried fruit and caramel sweetness. Faint roasted character and a bit of alcohol warmth/flavour in the finish. A bit cleaner than I expected. Full bodied with low carbonation. I liked it. Well balanced for a big beer.

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy cola colour with a light tan head (looks a bit like a root beer float), some retention & lace.

S: Cloves with a light floral & grassy spicing, bready, cocoa, yeasty, christmas cake.

T: Dark bread, cloves, caramalized raisins, fresh-baked bread (very yeasty), hints of candied fruit, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Fairly full body, almost milky, has a light residual sweetness.

D: It's a big one.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grand Cuvee 2011. 10.3% ABV. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium to dark amber colour and settled opaque with only a slight ruby redness around the edges from the light. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and quickly disappeared.

S - A big hit of alcohol up front followed by a very sweet flavour profile that had toffee, dark caramel and molasses aromas. Not very inviting but definitely robust.

T - A big sweet palate full of dark caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours complimented by a decent hop bitterness and a very warming alcohol presence. After a while the malts transform in to a sweet and sticky candy-like flavour that becomes cloying, making the beer difficult to drink. Some bready malts are also noticeable in the background but are overwhelmed by the sweetness.

M - Medium body with a nice hearty chew. Light carbonation.

O - This was very difficult to drink. The bottle size made this a partial drain pour. This one is definitely for sharing.

Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip aug17 2010

A a slightly murky dark brown with two fingers of dark tan head that has a minute or two of retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S brown sugar with some dark and tropical fruits, a fair amount of booze, and a little rum perhaps

T I pick up on all I smell but I with a fair bit of rum, raisin, and molasses with some dry cereal. This one has some boozy earthiness and sugar going for it and perhaps a little winter spice, I can't help thinking that I've had a similar beer but I can't think of what it would be to save my life

M fairly thick and a little creamy, the booze burn I was expecting wasn't really there, perhaps a little warming but not a lot of burn

D I may have been a little brave drinking a 750ml all on my own but for 11% I expected to encounter much greater difficulties then I actually did. I wouldn't call you a sissy for wanting a buddy to share this with but I may call you wise

good beer overall but it kicked my ass just a tad, not sure how this would age but I doubt some cellar time would do it any harm. at the end of the day this beers pretty enjoyable and intense at the same time

This was the 2010 version

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber

Appearance – Brown colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dark fruits, candied sugar, toffee/caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee and some dark fruits. The beer has a very sweet taste, lots of sugar. It finishes with a malty sweet dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Another beer that is probably best enjoyed with someone else. I really do wish this brewer put some of their high end beers into smaller formats. Regardless, I enjoyed this beer and I am rarely disappointed by Les Trois Mousquetaires.

Photo of dgilks
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark mahogany colour that is almost black with a fluffy tan head. Good head retention.

Big fruity aroma with some mild alcoholic notes. Lots of bready melanoidins. Raisins and some (are they) roasty notes.

The flavour here is a bit odd. Slightly drawn out fruit with a tart red currant note, dried under ripe grapes and some burnt toffee. Mild roast. Very interesting with the tartness not quite obvious as being either from the wheat or the fruit notes.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A touch thin for my liking.

I think I like this beer and I note that this is a newer vintage than loaded into BA at 10.3%. The aroma is fairly enticing and the flavour isn't bad but the tartness detracts just a touch for me. Good but not great.

Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby or dark brown in colour. Bright. Small off white head that goes quite fast.

S - Dark fruit is huge here. Lot's of figs, prunes, dates. I get some hop and heat in there too.

T - Some burn hits you up front followed by those dark fruits again. The burn lingers a bit too.

M - Creamy, not alot of carbonation and nice full body.

D - Considering the abv on this I could certainly have a number over the course of a night.

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, toffee, and light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and some earthy/wheatiness. There was also some lighter fruitiness. Medium bitter finish.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Nice head; deep brown colour.

S: Super sweet. Loads of malt. Sugars. Candied fruit. Hint of tart fruit intrigues me.

T: My god. This is just dripping with syrup -- mostly maple, some demerara. Caramelized sugars. Distant, distant stewed plums, apples, and spice. There is an undertone of wheat, but it's hard to discern.

M: Robust, thick, and sticky.

O: An enjoyable experience, but not an oft-repeatable one. Would recommend to fans of weizenbocks.

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - 10.5%

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby red, finger of off-white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet bananas, cloves, buttered bread, hints of cocoa and burnt toast.

T - The bananas and cloves dominated, lots of bready malts, hints of espresso linger on the finish. The ABV adds only a hint of sweetness and no real heat, and is easily masked by the bold flavours of the brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale and a tad thin, but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A delicious example of the style, loads of flavour, and well worth seeking out. I'll be aging a bottle for sure, but this stuff is dangerously drinkable at 10.5%.

Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No sign of a bottle date. I assume this to be a couple months old, tops.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a tall, frothy light brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Splotchy lacing.

S: Lots of sweet malts. Thick, liquid bread. Heavy caramel and dark fruits. Brown sugar. Pretty typical of what you'd expect from a weizenbock.

T: Big, big dark fruits up front. Raisins, grapes, fig, pomegranate and some berries even. Really nice fruit flavors. Heavy bread in the middle and finish. Sort of a bitter, dusty graininess in the finish and aftertaste. Maybe signs of oxidation?

M: Fairly heavy, very smooth.

O: A nice malty weizenbock for sure. The highlight here is all of the dark fruit flavors. Really bright, bold and tasty. Great sweetness and smoothness too. Drinkability is high. Light signs of oxidation in the finish (or just some odd flavors?) but it doesn't detract TOO much.

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Bottle lists beer at 10%.

Beer is very dark brown, a bit of a dark chestnut hue. Moderately sized, fizzy tan head begins to dissipate promptly but not completely. A small head remains with a bit of lacing.

Smell is fainter than expected. Dark fruit, such as fig and raisin, is the most prominent smell. Caramel and malt behind that. Not a very typical wheat smell.

Like the smell, the taste is immediately full of juicy dark fruit. Raisin, grape, plum. Alcohol is noticeable, giving a bit of a bite to the otherwise very sweet beer. Some caramel as well. Does not have the typical characteristics I associate with either a Hefeweizen or a bock. Nice but the sweetness is intense, making it hard to drink too much of this.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, noticeable alcohol.

Overall, tastes fairly good but only for so long. Not what I expected, although I am not upset.

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.